YouTrack InCloud 2019.1 Help

Connect to a VCS

YouTrack lets you link your project to a version control system. YouTrack supports direct integration with GitHub, GitLab and Bitbucket. You can also set up integrations between your YouTrack projects and self-hosted GitHub Enterprise, GitLab Community Edition (CE), and GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE) servers.

To set up a new integration, follow the instructions that are provided for your version control system:

Integrate with GitHub

Integrate YouTrack with a repository in GitHub or a GitHub Enterprise server.

Integrate with GitLab

Integrate YouTrack with a repository in GitLab or a GitLab CE/EE server.

Integrate with Bitbucket

Integrate YouTrack with a repository in Bitbucket.

Connections to other version control systems are supported by the TeamCity integration. TeamCity supports connections to repositories in ClearCase, CVS, Git, Mercurial, Perforce, SourceGear Vault, StarTeam, Subversion, Team Foundation Server, and Visual SourceSafe.

You can enable the same features that are described here when an administrator connects your VCS to TeamCity and enables the corresponding integration in YouTrack. For more information, see TeamCity Integration.

When connect your project to a version control system, the following features are enabled:

  • Reference an issue ID in the comments when you commit updates to the code repository. The VCS integration adds a direct link to the YouTrack issue in the change details.
    The comment is automatically added to the list of VCS changes in the activity stream for the issue in YouTrack. Each VCS change includes a direct link to the change details in the code repository. For more information, see Link Issues in VCS Commits.

  • Enter commands in the comments for your commits and pull requests in the VCS. When you push the commit, the command is applied all of the issues that are referenced in the comment. You can use this feature to update the status or add comments to one or more issues without even opening YouTrack. For more information, see Apply Commands in VCS Commits.

  • (GitHub only) Add links to the repository by pasting commit hashes into the summary, description, comment, or string-type custom field in YouTrack issues.

To learn more about how to set up and use a VCS integration in YouTrack, watch this demo:

The VCS tab in the project profile lists all of the repositories that are connected to your YouTrack project.

Project VCS integrations

The following actions are available in the toolbar:



New VCS Integration

Lets you add a connection to a version control system or hosted VCS server.


Shuts off the connection between the integrated project and the VCS repository. The configuration is not changed and can be re-enabled at any time.


Opens the integration settings dialog in the sidebar.


Removes the settings for the integrated project from YouTrack.

Matching VCS Commit Authors and YouTrack Users

To link VCS changes and process commands in commit messages, YouTrack has to find a user account that matches the author of the commit message. If a command is specified in the commit message, it is applied based on the access permissions that are granted to the user account in YouTrack.

For VCS integrations, the ability to apply commands to issues is limited to users who are members of the Committers group in the VCS integration settings.

  • First, YouTrack searches for a user account whose email address matches the email address of the commit author. If found, the command is executed on behalf of this user.

  • If none of the users in the Committers group has such an email address, YouTrack tries to find a match by name. It takes the value that is provided by the integrated VCS and compares it to the list of VCS user names that are stored in the Hub accounts for users who belong to the Committers group.

    • GitHub and GitLab provide the value that is stored as the Name.

    • Bitbucket provides the value that is stored as the Nickname.

If the author of the commit message cannot be found in YouTrack, the command is not applied. The user name is shown in red text on the VCS changes tab. The warning tooltip provides information that you can use to fix the problem.

VCS user not found

There are basically two things that users can do to fix this problem:

  • Use the same email address for their accounts in YouTrack and the integrated VCS.

  • Add their name (or nickname for Bitbucket) to the list of VCS user names in their Hub accounts.

Last modified: 8 July 2019

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